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Quality Counts - GOLD. Opportunities. Overview. Importance of extracurricular activities to young people Opportunities available for young people in agriculture Defining success Preparing young people for adulthood and careers. Importance of Extracurricular Activities.

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Quality Counts -GOLD




  • Importance of extracurricular activities to young people

  • Opportunities available for young people in agriculture

  • Defining success

  • Preparing young people for adulthood and careers


Importance of Extracurricular Activities

  • Other opportunities besides showing livestockmust be presented to young people.

  • Extracurricular activities help young people gain leadership and life skills.

  • Opportunities include:

    • Judging contests

    • Livestock camps

    • Scholarships

    • Skillathons

    • Career preparation


Importance of Extracurricular Activities

  • Young people should know that extracurricular activities require commitment.

  • Adults must support and encourageyoung people in their activities.

  • Many young people are unsurewhether they have what it takesto be leaders.

  • Introducing young people to opportunities in agriculture can stimulate their interest.

  • In many extracurricular activities young people can form close-knit groups.


Extracurricular Activities

and Service Learning

  • Leadership skills gained from extracurricular activities can be used in service learning projects.

  • Service learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities

  • Service learning activities helpyoung people engage in selfreflection and self-discovery,and acquire values, skillsand knowledge.


Service Learningand Livestock Projects

Example: A showmanship clinic conducted by senior members for younger kids

  • Seniors plan the event and work one-on-one with younger kids.

  • Seniors gain communicationand leadership skills.


Respect ThroughService Learning

  • Participants learn to respect the leaders of organizations.

  • Learning respect is an example of positive character education.

  • Respect focuses on honoring the worth and dignity of others, as well as themselves.

  • Young people learn to deal respectfully with others, even those who seem not to deserve respect.


Opportunities for Young Peoplein Agriculture

  • There are many opportunities, such as 4-H and FFA events that occur year-round.

  • Some opportunities allow young people to travel across Texas and the U.S.

  • Opportunities can be competitive or strictly informational.

  • These events acquaint young people with agricultural careers.


Opportunities for Youth

  • Beef

    • Beef Quiz Bowl

    • Beef Educational Presentation / Method Demonstration

  • Sheep and Meat Goat

    • Texas 4-H Goat Camp

    • Howard College Goat and Lamb Camps

    • Aggieland Lamb and Goat Camp

    • Goat Judging Contest and and Goat Bowl

    • Goat Kid Giveaway Program

    • Texas Sheep and Goat Youth Leadership Workshop

    • Sheep Skillathon

    • Sheep and/or Goat Educational Presentation/ Method Demonstration

    • Sheep and Goat Showmanship Clinics



  • Swine

    • Texas Pork Producers Association Pork Leadership Tour

    • Texas Junior Livestock Association Pig Camp

    • Swine Skillathon

    • Swine Educational Presentation/Method Demonstration

  • Judging

    • 4-H Livestock Judging

    • FFA Career Development Livestock Judging

    • Texas A&M University Livestock Judging Camp

    • Mohair Judging Contest

    • FFA Career Development Wool Judging Contest

    • Wool Judging Contest

  • For other 4-H and FFA activities see:

    http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/index.html or http://www.texasffa.org/


Defining Success

  • Success – the achievement of something desired, planned or attempted

  • Failure – not achieving what you desire, plan or attempt

  • Success is not about winning or losing.



of Successful People

  • Confident

  • Hard workers

  • Failure increases their

    motivation to work harder

  • Challenge themselves

  • Take credit for success and take responsibility for failure



of Unsuccessful People

  • Doubt themselves and are anxious

  • Don’t work very hard

  • Give up when things don’tgo well

  • Just go through the motionswithout much effort

  • Believe someone elsecontrols whether theysucceed or fail


Preparing Youth for Adulthood and Careers

  • Adults are responsible for helping young people explore career options.

  • Adults can help young peopledetermine if college is right for them.

  • Adults can help with collegeapplications and with loanand scholarship applications.


Preparing Youth for Adulthood and Careers

  • Adults can help young people connect with those who can answer questions about college and careers.

  • County Extension agents, ag. science teachers and 4-H specialists can help.

  • If given the resources, young people can see the opportunities available in agriculture.


Career Selection Process

  • Career selection starts about age 10.

  • Adults must help in the career selection process.

  • Young people who participate in agricultural activities will know about agricultural career options.



  • Adults should guide and encourage young people as they explore different career and college paths.

  • Whatever path a young person takes, it is the adults’ responsibility to guide and support.

  • Adults should emphasize the importance of striving for success in whatever they do.

  • Getting young people involved in extracurricular activities associated with agriculture increases the likelihood that they will pursue agricultural careers.

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